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Fritemare 01-19-2008 01:49 PM

Has anyone used these before on their dogs? We are thinking about ordering some for Kira because she keeps scratching Ares up. He doesn't seem to mind, but the grandparents are concerned that our dog is hurting the baby. Are they really that much better than simply cliping her claws?

Masja 01-19-2008 02:54 PM

We used to use them on our cats. When I worked at the vet we had a few regular kitties that would come in to have them done (although it's pretty easy to do at home) I saw one dog (a greyhound) who had them.

I don't know how well they'd work on dogs, as they go outside, but they were good on our kitties who are strictly indoor. For the first day the cats hated them, would constantly be chewing on them and such. If we were lucky, the glue would stick and they wouldn't fall off, but to be honest, I'd normally be resticking like toe caps on atleast once a week. They will help to prevent scratches, but it all depends on how well the little suckers stay on. It's worth a try, they're not cheap, but atleast you'd know if they're worth it for the long haul. You'll need to make sure your pup's nails are clipped before hand and hope he/she stays still long enough for the glue to dry, but you can get them in different colors

cstadt 07-19-2008 07:30 AM

I know this is an old thread, but I was told by a lady in the vet to get some of these for my cat instead of declawing her. She's gotten into the habit of climbing the back of the tv-- there are holes on the back of it and she gets her claws stuck. She gets her claws stuck in a lot of things.. She's also brave enough to swat at the dog, now. I think they're pretty cute, but I'd just get her white tips to blend in with her paws.



pictures of the kitties

http://www.softpaws.com/gallery.html

rabid_child 07-19-2008 07:45 AM

You might try getting a dremmel type tool and filing down your dogs nails rather than clipping because clipping results in sharp edges whereas filing down does not (especially if you get good at rounding off the tips)

cstadt 07-19-2008 08:06 AM

The dremmel's a good idea. That's what most of the dog owners I know use

DMZdogs 07-20-2008 05:24 AM

I clip my dogs' nails and then I file them.

Beachbnny 07-20-2008 07:55 AM

cstadt- Don't declaw you're kitty! (They are Adorable, BTW ) Try the soft paws and try some trining techniques to keep her off the TV. Anything but declawing her! Good Luck and let us know if you want some ideas to keep her safe

karenlovessnow 07-20-2008 08:32 AM

Wow, bumping this thread is very timely for me...just yesterday I went online to check out the Soft Paws for my cat. She's been jumping on the counter lately, something she hasn't done in over a year. Does anyone know if having the soft paws will keep her from being able to jump on the counter? I'm thinking, probably not, since she doesn't actually use her claws to get a grip...I was just hoping that maybe with them just being on her nails that it would bother her enough to make her not want to jump. I tried the double sticky tape routine but she could care less about that...she just stepped right on it and then over it.



Her problem is the overactive thyroid...we're having trouble keeping it under control with meds...the meds don't seem to be working anymore. She's up to three 5mg tablets a day and she is still completely wired/insane/constantly starving/freakishly annoying, etc. Hence, her need to be on the counter 24/7 looking for food. She even opens the breadbox which I have barricaded with cast iron pots. I wake up in the morning to bread strewn outside my bedroom door. I don't have the funds to get any of the other treatments for her....they are all over $3000. I was hoping soft paws might help.

jenna 07-20-2008 07:41 PM

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Originally Posted by rabid_child View Post

You might try getting a dremmel type tool and filing down your dogs nails rather than clipping because clipping results in sharp edges whereas filing down does not (especially if you get good at rounding off the tips)



i've actually been wondering about this thing: http://www.peticure.com/professional.html



bear absolutely refuses to let me clip his nails. but something like that might be doable.

Masja 07-20-2008 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by karenlovessnow View Post

Wow, bumping this thread is very timely for me...just yesterday I went online to check out the Soft Paws for my cat. She's been jumping on the counter lately, something she hasn't done in over a year. Does anyone know if having the soft paws will keep her from being able to jump on the counter? I'm thinking, probably not, since she doesn't actually use her claws to get a grip...I was just hoping that maybe with them just being on her nails that it would bother her enough to make her not want to jump. I tried the double sticky tape routine but she could care less about that...she just stepped right on it and then over it.





No, soft paws are mainly just used so they don't damage furniture. Have you thought about tin foil? I realize not everyone wants sheets of tin foil on their counters, but it might be a deterrant that will eventually get her to stop....just a thought.

Gita 07-20-2008 07:57 PM

'Dogs need their nails clipped anyway, for good health. As I understand it, soft paws are for covering them up. You need to also teach the dog to leave the baby alone. Dogs are pretty smart, they'll understand.

karenlovessnow 07-21-2008 02:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Masja View Post

No, soft paws are mainly just used so they don't damage furniture. Have you thought about tin foil? I realize not everyone wants sheets of tin foil on their counters, but it might be a deterrant that will eventually get her to stop....just a thought.



Well, if you saw my counter now, (it's barricaded by everything/anything imaginable) you would know I wouldn't mind tin foil on it if it would keep her from jumping up...it's worth a try. Thanks!

moonpie 07-21-2008 10:30 AM

peticure is AMAZING. absolutely amazing. I love it. I use it on my little domestic and she's fine with it.



I started out with the caps - which are fine too. I'll be using the peticure from now on though -- I worry about her ingesting the caps when they come off as she's cleaning between her claws...



ps: if you get the peticure, don't be suprised if it takes a month. In the haste of hectic life I had completely forgotten I'd purchased it until it came in the mail and I was like "Oh... look at that... a whole month later... woo"

cstadt 07-31-2008 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Beachbnny View Post

cstadt- Don't declaw you're kitty! (They are Adorable, BTW ) Try the soft paws and try some trining techniques to keep her off the TV. Anything but declawing her! Good Luck and let us know if you want some ideas to keep her safe



I'm not going to de-claw her! It seems too painful... isn't it like nipping off your finger at the knuckle for a human? I'm not sure... but anything done that makes you keep your kitty from jjumping for over a week seems too painful.



I like the Idea of Soft Paws but my cat's picky and I can see her flicking them off in no time. Possibly eating them... which I don't want her to do.. hmm


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